With a founding team of 13 industry vets whose past credits include EVE Online and Alan Wake, Mainframe Industries will have studios in Finland and Iceland.
Technical testing for the mobile portion of Project xCloud is slated to start in partnership with T-Mobile (US), Vodafone (UK), and SK Telecom (South Korea) and will continue until Microsoft is certain of user satisfaction.
Within five years, cloud gaming in Asia is expected to reach 60 million gamers, and may surpass 500 million by 2028.
The publisher has opened an EA Cloud Gaming Technical Trial to the public with four different games, including Titanfall 2.
Tencent looks to grow its cloud gaming presence in the west, while Razer sees an opportunity to further leverage its brand.
Nadella, a vocal advocate for Microsoft Azure, told Fortune that a growing number of companies are using the platform for cloud gaming services, including direct rival Sony. The Microsoft CEO said that this unlikely partnership is built on trust.
The UK company tells GameDaily that Tencent's funding will enable the retro-focused cloud platform to scale quickly.
Google Stadia sees over 4,000 developers apply to partners program; company promises diverse content
The cloud platform is seeing a large number of applications. Google tells GameDaily that diversity remains a 'core tenet' and Stadia will have content to reflect that.
Nintendo brass also talks about not falling behind in tech like VR, 5G, and cloud, but says it won't 'chase trends.' Analysts say a 5G portable could happen in future.